We’ve talked about quite a few flexible electronics projects in the past but this latest prototype device is arguably cooler/better than anything we’ve seen before.
The new, ultra-thin technology, called “E-skin,” is a result of researchers at the University of Tokyo, headed by Takao Someya and Tomoyuki Yokota. The end product is not only thin but also durable and can even house (again) thin flexible displays.
The whole thing stretches and crumples along with the skin, but is sealed well enough against the elements and can last for days before failing. In comparison, previous (and thicker) devices only lasted hours.
The image above was released as a proof of concept, which still doesn’t take any readings. It shows a layered Silicon Oxynitrite and Parylene enclosing a super-thin substrate on which the team mounted similarly thin and flexible OLED displays and photosensitive diodes — the device uses electrodes rather body heat or flexible batteries for power.
“What would the world be like if we had displays that could adhere to our bodies and even show our emotions or level of stress or unease?” Someya asked in a news release accompanying the paper, which was published Friday in Science Advances.
That is kinda weird to think about it, but who knows what the future holds; especially in Japan which is known to be among the first countries to adopt new technologies before the rest of the world catches up…